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GREAT BRITISH PARKS: A CELEBRATION. Paul Rabbitts. Amberley Publishing, Stroud, 2016. 288 pp. with 226 ills. (205 col.). 18 x 25 cm. ISBN 9781445656366 In English.
Publisher's description: Our great British parks are one of the finest legacies of the Victorian age. Many of our high streets, town halls and public buildings are fitting reminders of this long-lost era, but public parks are one which many of us still enjoy on a daily basis. Designed and delivered to the working masses as part of a move towards rational and ordered recreation, the public park came to symbolize one of the greatest gifts of the Victorian age. Today they remain outdoor areas for everyone to enjoy, regardless of social background, acting as children's play areas, sports grounds and even concert venues. Public parks were created in increasing numbers from the middle years of the nineteenth century, yet towards the end of the twentieth century many of them had become sadly neglected. As a result of an incredible amount of work by many, including the Keep Britain Tidy initiative and the Heritage Lottery Fund, a change towards regeneration and rejuvenation was made. In 1996 the Urban Parks Programme was established; this eventually became the Parks for People Programme and has seen an investment of nearly 700 million in our great British parks -- from Paxton's People's Park in Halifax, to Hammond's Pond in Carlisle.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — Several Periods, 1800-1900 — Architecture, Landscape and Garden Design
Plans: 73,55
Worldwide Number: 173695
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